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ERIC Number: ED264456
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Pages: 20
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Coping Attitudes toward Personal Suffering among Retirees.
Foley, Daniel P.
Although some researchers have distinguished the concepts of pain and suffering and despite the recent rise of many centers for pain management in the United States, medical educators and practitioners have given little attention to the topic of suffering. In the studies which have been conducted, patients differed in styles of coping with and interpreting the pain experience. A review of the literature identified 11 attitudes and corresponding subscales which could be used to investigate attitudinal differences between men and women and between lay and religious people among retirees. A 99-item questionnaire was administered to 80 retirees (mean age=73.4): 20 lay men, 20 lay women, 20 religious men, and 20 religious women. The results indicated that lay people tended to have stronger attitudes than religious people and men seemed to have stronger attitudes than women, Tukey's studentized range test revealed that the lay group had a stronger bad-luck attitude, a stronger defensive attitude, and a weaker redemptive attitude than did the religious group. It also showed that men had a stronger laws-of-nature attitude than did women. The results suggest that individuals draw upon a variety of attitudes when faced with an interpretation of pain. (TW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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